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I've got an IBM Thinkpad SL500 from a friend which is in need of a simple format. Problem is that it will not boot from DVD.

I select Boot from DVD in the Boot Menu, and it is stuck searching for boot media...(flashing _). It recognizes the DVD fine once in Windows, and I know the disk is OK because I can boot it on other systems.

I've looked into guides on setting up a USB boot, but I'm having trouble with the 7th step where it asks to run this command

- BOOTSECT.EXE /NT60 H:

It would not work on x64, so I did it on an x86 machine and received an error saying "not enough memory", odd, 32gb flash drive.

Any ideas?
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Did you miss the screen that says "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD?" Or did it show up at all?
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Just an idea, i had a similar problem. Just make sure its a bootable disc. turned out the XP disc i was using to fix a Toughbook was an interactive step-by-step dvd that looked like an XP disc.

hope this helps!
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Originally Posted by starwa1ker;12290202 
Did you miss the screen that says "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD?" Or did it show up at all?

Nope, doesn't get this far...I press F12 to chose DVD (I have tried setting it in BIOS to Boot Priority 1, same result) and it goes to the flashing underscore.
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Originally Posted by XanderDylan;12290210 
Just an idea, i had a similar problem. Just make sure its a bootable disc. turned out the XP disc i was using to fix a Toughbook was an interactive step-by-step dvd that looked like an XP disc.

hope this helps!

The DVD will boot fine on my other laptop, so I don't think this is the issue. Thanks though!
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Does the DVD drive make a noise that it is attempting to speed up but cant? If so, than get something like powerISO or magicISO and put the ISO onto the disk. Burn at x2 so the DVD drive can read it, that's what helped me put XP on my slow laptop
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Press ThinkVantage (the blue key) or F12 at the POST screen. It should give you an option to boot from DVD. Select this option, and be ready to press any key when prompted (this is a feature of the DVD, not the BIOS).

If this fails, make sure your DVD drive is working. Remove and replace it (it's hot-swappable, could be a loose connection.)
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